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  1. I think it is all about control. I can't believe she can't explain to her sister who has the same exact frame of references how she wants the picture to look. And honestly, if I were writing a book and had an illustrator I trusted, I think I would rather they read the book and draw what they see. What better way to get an idea of how your audience might picture your story. I think Sarah probably wants complete control, even over the way her readers interpret her stories. She is a Maxwell, indeed.
  2. Oh, I don't know, at 10 I was writing some pretty fanciful things! Can you imagine if she were asked to write about her moss covered, three handled, family gredunza?? Smoke would come shooting out of her ears!! Now, for those of you who can't imagine that. Ask your friend to place a smoke bomb in each ear and light them, then view the results taking copious notes. Remember to ask Jesus for permission before attempting the above demonstration. Poor Sarah, I joke, but this is truly sad.
  3. Normades

    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    Seriously, if he can't cook couldn't he pick up a few rotisserie chickens and sides from the grocery store. Or he could ask his mother for help. He didn't have a problem with asking her to do mountains of laundry, so what's a little cooking? Also, there's always good ol' Micky D's or Chik Fil A. Eating canned beans and ketchup is so gross, as is BBQ tuna. I'll bet those poor kids were starving if this went on for a week. This man is such a douche.
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    Christine Brown: She Wanted a Family, Not Just the Man

    Depending on the circumstances, there are times when I believe a parent has to act in their child's best interest, even if it is against the child's wishes. That's part of being a parent and an adult.
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    Josh & Anna Smuggar: A Series of Unfortunate Events

    And money. Never underestimate Boob's drive for money.
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    Michelle and JimBob aka J'Chelle and Boob

    I believe he was jealous of Josh, too. He's just that kind of ass.
  7. Normades

    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    That is so insightful. You are spot on with the similarity to child actors, although at least they have a skill. Duggar kids have absolutely no skills at all. Growing up like that does give a sense of entitlement. Coupled with the isolation, I don't think there's any hope that Jill will ever gain perspective. It's criminal what has been done to those kids. Very interesting!!!! Yet in some states, the good ol' USA allows these people to practice on vulnerable women and children. As far as Derwood realizing that midwifery is a real skill, I think a lot of these men believe that it's a woman's place to labor and give birth without medical assistance as they've done it for millennia., They don't think women are deserving of capable care. They disregard the millions of women and children who died even up into the last fifty years due to lack of medical training and expertise. We're so lucky with the advances of medicine, but they seem to think women should just deal with childbirth without assistance or intervention. In reality, most of those girls would no longer be around to tell the tale if it weren't for modern medicine, but they don't give that a thought. I also believe some of these men actually enjoy the fact that women suffer. I mean, we're all evil and descended from Eve!!!
  8. Normades

    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    Yes, but I'm sure Jill thought that he was painting fingernails and handing out lollipops, plus everyone would speak English for her. I'm sure she though she could "totally" handle a few months of that! On another note, did anyone read about the missionary in Brazil who they are considering bringing up on charges of genocide because he went to an isolated tribe and exposed them to potential diseases? Seriously, what is wrong with these people?? I thought the bible spoke against pride. These people really have the great white savior complex. That said, I could see Derwood doing something stupid like that. He knows best.
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    Josh & Anna Smuggar: A Series of Unfortunate Events

    The way I understood it, he didn't actually say that. It's just that the county is saying this is what his actions seem to indicate. They really hate him to make such a statement!! Gotta love it!! I can't help but believe good ol' godly JimBoob is right behind all of this. I hope it takes him down. What a bunch of asses!! No care for those poor girls and what they have endured. If they were smart they would let it drop and move on.
  10. I totally agree with you on this. My mother is unfortunately in a nursing home. We tried very hard to care for her at home and things got so bad that she had to go in. She has done very well with the extra activity and professional caregivers. I think it was a good decision. Of course, her husband visits daily and I go every couple of days, so she gets lots of visits. We always try to give attention to the other residents while we visit her. I think it's selfish to ask your child not to put you in a nursing home. You never know what the situation could be and I personally want my kids to enjoy their lives without having to provide constant care for me. My husband asks them not to put him in and it really bothers me. There's no reason to put extra stress on your kids like that. I trust that my kids will take care of me to the best of their ability and will make the right decision for all of us. I refuse to box them in with a selfish demand. It's not always noble to care for someone at home. Sometimes help is the right decision.
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    Josiah and Lauren: He Has To Marry Somebody

    At first I read that as clean crisp linens and I thought that must be a change for Josiah. It does make me wonder what those boys think when they get married and actually get to sleep in clean beds with sheets. Then I wonder what the husbands of the girls think when they come home and are expected to sleep on a bare mattress!! Can you tell the no sheets thing really grosses me out???
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    The Lonely Js Club: Jana, Jedidiah, Jeremiah and Jason

    I wonder if any of them took note that some of the veterans are WOMEN who probably wore sluttish pants!!
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    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    Personally on looks, I'd go with Bin. I just can't take JereME's smarmy self and I honestly don't find him very attractive. You mean the fountain pens and Harvard sweatshirts could come to and end???? Say it ain't so!!! Poor, poor JereME and Jingle.
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    The Lonely Js Club: Jana, Jedidiah, Jeremiah and Jason

    Isn't it funny that the people who scream about purity are the same ones who seem to have cases of sexual abuse all around them? Ozzy Osborne's family had a reality show and I don't remember hearing about sexual abuse of minors by the Osbornes or Osborne adjacent. Interesting, isn't it?
  15. They act like they're doing these kids a favor by keeping pieces of their heart and other such BS, but in reality it's just more control. Years ago I worked with a girl who was about 20 who was raised a JW. They were very strict about purity, etc. This girl just wanted to kiss a boy and have a little fun, but she ended up marrying the first idiot who asked to fulfill her needs. Sadly, this guy was abusive. Poor thing started showing up at work with black eyes and bruises!! If only she had been allowed to really date and maybe even engage in some physical affection, she may not have ended up with this garbage just so she could finally have sex. Human beings have needs!! Of course, these people think women don't have any needs or desires at all. This purity culture is so damaging to women.